Jade Heart | Chicago Dramatists | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Jade Heart Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 30 2010

The question,"Who am I?," fuels absorbing arguments in Will Cooper's new work centered on Jade McCullough (Christine Bunuan), a Chinese girl adopted by an unmarried American woman (Ginger Lee McDermott). Cooper shows how the gap between Jade's birth and breeding tears her apart, and Russ Tutterow's staging helps drive home the pain. But the script attempts to conceal exposition behind fantasy episodes and contrived quarrels, and illustrates what should be dramatized. Though Bunuan and McDermott are convincing, they can barely hold their own against these flaws. --Lawrence Bommer

Price: $10-$30

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